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At 1000 West Washington stand two beautiful brick buildings, one of which was built in 1884 and the other in 1902. Originally, they housed industrial-sized bakeries that churned out product for the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), but in the mid-1990s were converted to historic residential lofts. Today, the 1000 West Washington Lofts offer a luxurious home with generous amenities in Chicago's much-loved West Loop neighborhood.
When converted to loft condos, the buildings at 1000 West Washington were extensively renovated and updated. Designers melded the building's vintage sophistication with more modern touches, including a new courtyard, a shared rooftop deck and an atrium that was carved into one of the buildings, where residents are free to garden and lounge. In addition to its architectural features and amenities, these lofts also offer a heated garage, 24-hour doormen and on-site bicycle storage.
Of the 180 individual units at 1000 West Washington, there are 160 different floor plans, which means just about every loft is completely unique. Layouts include from one to four bedrooms and up to 3,200 square feet of living space. Finishes include the exposed brick and timber you'd expect in a traditional loft, plus all units boast hardwood floors throughout, private balconies and soaring 15-foot ceilings. High-end finishes include both granite and marble, and most living areas feature a fireplace.
Just across the river, about a mile-and-a-half east, are such retail havens as Macy's, Nordstram Rack and The Shops at North Bridge. Grocery shopping, on the other hand, is just beyond your front door - and it's a delightful scene. Two blocks west, Arista Foods offers a wide selection of cheeses, deli meats, soups and salads, while J.P. Graziano (two blocks in the opposite direction) provides an even wider selection of fine imported and domestic foods, including baking staples, nuts and grains, condiments, coffees, baked goods, spices and more.
Perhaps the most inviting aspect of this property's location is its proximity to "Restaurant Row." You'll never tire of dining out, with establishments like Next, Moto Restaurant and The Publican less than a half mile away (and each with a ZAGAT rating of 26-29). And it doesn't end there. Flat Top Stir-Fry Grill is just next door; La Sardine is less than 200 feet away; the southern comfort of Wishbone Restaurant is right around the corner; and the unique Market is not two blocks down.
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An accomplished real estate professional, Craig Franzen expertly guides his clients through the complex process of buying or selling property in the competitive Chicagoland market. Prior to earning his broker’s license in 2015, Craig was a successful self-funded trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. There in that high-stress, fast-paced environment, he sharpened many of the skills that now bring value and benefit to his Dream Town clients. Undaunted by tight timelines, composed under pressure and skilled with data analysis, Craig is a tenacious negotiator who steadfastly advocates for his client’s best interest.
Focused on providing exceptional service, Craig’s clients can rely on him to be up-to-date on real estate trends and data. In addition, he is a certified Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) and Seller Representative Specialist (SRS). A clear and effective communicator, Craig ensures that his clients have the information they need to make informed decisions at each step of their transaction. Carefully cultivated over the years, his extensive professional network of inspectors, lenders, attorneys and tradespeople is another resource that Craig relies upon to achieve his client’s goals. Beyond his professional skill set, Craig also brings a deeply personal approach to every transaction—giving the same level of service to each client whether they’re a first-time buyer, renter, seller, or seasoned investor.
A strong believer in engaging with peers and community, Craig has served in several volunteer positions including as a Board Member with the Friends of Mitchell Elementary School and as Vice President of the Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council. His children are both athletic and their sports teams have also become an important part of Craig’s life. He coached the Chicago Jets Hockey Club for two years and continues to actively participate in youth sports. His daughter plays hockey for the Windy City Storm and lacrosse for the Elmhurst Honey Badgers and Lakeshore Lacrosse. His son is a member of the Chicago Bulldogs Youth Hockey Club and also plays lacrosse for the Chicago Junkyard Dogs and True Lacrosse.
Over the past 25 years, Craig has lived in various neighborhoods across Chicago, from Little Italy to Ukrainian Village. He personally witnessed the transformation of the West Loop between 2004 and 2019 and has shepherded his clients through the ups and downs of Chicagoland’s real estate market. Indeed, Craig possesses the personal experience, professional expertise and market knowledge to ensure his client’s success.